With the growing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak impacting more than just sports and recruiting, the Valley News Sports Department is dedicated to helping student-athletes and their families navigate the changing landscape of recruiting during this time. Our commitment remains to serve as a trusted source of support, education and guidance for all recruits going through the recruiting process. Recently, the NCAA Council leadership put in place an immediate ban on in-person recruiting for Division 1 coaches. Additionally, the group advised schools to suspend any official and unofficial visits to campus from prospective student athletes. The recruiting dead period will be in place until at least Wednesday, April 15, at which time the Division 1 Council Coordination committee will evaluate. Telephone calls and written correspondence are allowed during dead periods.

Accordingly, the Collegiate Commissioners Association has suspended all national letter of intent signings until at least April 15. This suspension will be reevaluated on or before that date. The NLI suspension applies to both Division 1 and Division 2 NLI member institutions. As such, NLIs cannot be issued to Division 1 and Division 2 prospective student athletes effective March 16, through at least April 15. NLIs issued and signed by prospective student athletes, before March 16, should still be managed through the normal validation process with the conference office.

Council leadership agreed that eligibility relief is appropriate for all Division 1 student-athletes who participated in spring sports. Details of eligibility relief will be finalized at a later time. Additional issues with NCAA rules must be addressed, and appropriate governance bodies will work through those in the coming days and weeks. This message was sent from the Division 1 Council Coordination Committee.

Recruiting updates

The NCAA has extended the D1 football signing period, which was previously Feb. 5 to April 1, by 30 days; the Collegiate Commissioner’s Association will evaluate the basketball signing period on or before April 15; the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA have canceled all remaining winter events and spring sports seasons; NCAA D1, D2 and D3 spring sport athletes have been granted one more year of eligibility.

We will continue to provide routine updates surrounding college recruiting, youth sports and breaking news as it develops.

JP Raineri can be reached via email at sports@reedermedia.com.